Posted by Jason G (TN) on May 12, 1999 at 20:03:30:
Yes, I bought one of these how to manuals to do this. The fact that the people are due a refund is true and many have been due this refund for 10 years or more. The govt. set up the tracer program because it had so many refunds to give but did not want to spend the money to track these people down. You as the tracer get your fee from the people who are due the refund thus saving the govt lots of money. Many of the people I contacted either thought it was a scam and did not believe they were owed money and the rest just contacted the govt themselves and found out how easy it is to get the money themselves for free. You can go to hud.gov and them to their search index and type in tracer program for threads on the subject. the majority of the complaints are about the co. selling these how to courses and the abuse by tracers charging exhorbitant fees to people who did not know better. It turns out to be lots of work for little or no payoff.